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How to Handle

useless bosses

There’s a timeless saying that goes: ‘You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your boss’. Actually it goes slightly differently, but this version is just as true. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a person who has never had a boss or manager they’ve found difficult to deal with, which is why it’s good to know how to handle the troublesome ones when they crop up.

The Critical Boss

The disorganised boss

The critical boss has a tendency to ignore what’s being done well and just focus on what’s going wrong. This could be the result of a high-pressured workplace and the necessity to meet targets. However, that’s not to say that negativity is an effective way of increasing productivity – if anything it has the adverse effect. Research has shown that one of the most successful incentives in a workplace is the presence of acknowledgement and recognition for the work being produced. Where there’s an absence of this, work may feel a bit like a drag.

A disorganised boss could still be the nicest person in the world, but the problems they create don’t make them any less difficult to work with. They often promise to get back to you, and don’t. If yours forgets to ask you to do things, is unprepared for meetings and gets other basic yet important tasks in a muddle, it can cause some awkward situations.

Take the situation into your own hands by creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Praising your coworkers will create a culture where they begin to do the same for you and each other. This atmosphere could even begin to rub off on your manager too.

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A disorganised boss often relies heavily on their staff to sort situations out for them. It’s up to you to assess whether this falls within your remit as an employee, but if you work closely with your boss, it’s best to start relying on yourself and not them. Before setting off to meetings, ask your boss a few questions about who you are meeting and why, to ensure you’re both on the same page. Send them polite reminders about when you will be away from work, when you need them to do something by, etc. Sometimes a bit of nagging is just necessary, so try to combat your British politeness that tells you to keep schtum and just do it.

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